Hazrat Noor Muhammad Maharvi (ra)
"Ze Noor-e-Muhammad Jahan Roshan Ast."
( The world is lighted by the Noor of Muhammad swm p.b.u.h )
(Written on the Mohar Mubbarak(stamp) of Qibla-e-Alam)
'When I finally located the whereabouts of my Beloved, That instant opened the knot of my heart'.
This statement is truth; therein lies no doubt.
Salutations to you who removes calamities and afflictions, by the Mercy of Allah;
Qibla-e-Alam Hazrat Khwaja Noor Muhammad - the pristine pure.
On his return to Maharsharif after 35 years spent 'in the service of' his Murshid ( Spirtual Master) learning Islamic Studies ( Sha'ria) and spirtuality (Taa'riqah) Qibla-e-Alam Hazrat Khwaja Noor Muhammad Maharvi laid the corner stone of Chishti Kanqha and spread the spiritual magnetism (barkat) of Nizami order of famous Chishtiya Silsla ( chain ) of Taswauf (sufisim) in the area of present Pakistan.Procedding from 'heart to heart',link by link it took the shape of a chain ( silsala) called as Nizami Maharvi branch of Chishtis. Almost all of the famous Chishti Sufi Saints trace their initiatic pedigree and lineage through Qibla-e-Alam Khwaja Noor Muhammad Maharvi.
In a commentary in Gulshan-e-Ibrar the author Hazrat Imam Baksh Maharvi writes that Qibla-e-Alam Hazrat Khwaja Noor Muhammad Maharvi was recognized well before his birth, author narrates that a dervish (Majzoob) used to give respect and stand in the honor of His mother when she was only a little girl. When asked from the Dervish, he said that he does not give respect to the little girl but to a great Wali whom she will give birth, and whose spirtulaity will light the whole world.
Discipline, and adherence to one's murshid's teachings, whether one sees the rewards or not, are a sure key to success in both the worlds. This lesson and more we learn from Khwaja Noor Muhammad Maharvi (rahmatullahi alaihi). He was born on 14 Ramadaan 1730AC in Chotala near Mahar Sharif, Chishtian District of Bahwalnagar present Pakistan. On his birth he was named as 'Bahbal', the name Noor Mohammad was later given to him by his Murshid Hazrat Muhib-Un-Nabi. He began his Qur'anic education at the tender age of six, and quickly became a hafiz from a Dars in Dera Gazi Khan, from there he moved to Lahore for further thrust of Knowledge and became an alim. After this, he set out on what was to prove a long search for a shaykh, finally finding himsel in Dehli in the court of Hazrat Moulana Fakhr Uddin Muhibbun Nabi (rahmatullahi alaihi). Becoming a mureed, he found that his love for his shaykh and the internal changes in his heart grew every day of the 35 years ! that he spent with him.
Initially, Moulana Fakhr Uddin Dehlvi (rahmatullahi alaihi) gave him a wazifa to read, which he did punctually and wholeheartedly every day for years, although seeing no rewards - either internal or external - for his efforts. After a long time, Moulana Sahib (rahmatullahi alaihi) asked him if he had seen any benefits yet. He replied in the negative. His murshid Hazrat Moulana Fakhar Uddin Dehlvi Muhib-un-Nabi told him then to reduce his reading of the wazifa, which he promptly did. After another few days, Moulana Fakhr Uddin (rahmatullahi alaihi) again asked if there had been any changes in him, but again he replied that there had not. Then his murshid told him to cease his recitation altogether. Immediately upon stopping the wazifa, he began to notice spiritual changes. Of course, his constant reading with no results was merely a test designed by his murshid in order to increase his discipline.Khawaja Imam Baksh Maharvi in his famous work on Qibla-e-Alam ' Gulshan! -e- Abrar' writes that his affection with his Murshid Hazrat Muhib UnNabi and Moulana's extra attention and love towards him made some of his fellow students jealous. They came up to Maulana Sahib one day and said that O Hazrat Do you know that this Punjabi ( Qibla-e- Aalam) belongs to the tribe of famous lover Mirza Kharal who made Sahiban ( beautiful girl) to run away with him from his parents house. Moulana Fakhar Uddin smiled and said that Punjabi took away the heart of only one girl, my this Punjabi will take away the hearts of millions. Author further narrates that after the departure of Qibla-e-Alam to Maharsharif from Dehli, Moulana Fakhar Uddin Fakhar-e-Jahan use to say this verse in Poorbi while remembering his beloved disciple
' Makhan le gaya Punjabi Chach piyo Sansar'.
In the company of his Murshid Moulana Sahib, Qibla-e-Alam once visited the great Darbar of Hazrat Baba Farid Ganj-e-Shakar, where Moulana Sahib granted leave to Qibla-e-Alam to visit his mother and other family memebrs in Maharsharif , which is 60 Kilometers south west of Pakpattan. It is reported in different books that Qibla-e- Alam use to pray every Friday prayers for 17 years in Pakpattan. The total distance covered in these 17 years travel between Maharsharif and Pakpattan is estimated as 93,000 kilometers. It was only at the elder age and due to weak health that he started praying the Friday prayers at the Khanqha of Hazrat Baba Taj Sarwar Sarkar the grandson of Baba Sahib, in Basti Taj Sarwar,8 Km away from Maharsharif.
It is easy to perform any action when rewards accompany it; the true test of faith is to continue, even though one sees no benefit from it. After all, in part of a long hadith, Jibrael (alaihi salaam) states that to sacrifice in Allah's path is like the sweetness of honey, but to keep sacrificing in Allah's path is like the thinness of a hair. Surely it was because of this incident that he used to say,
'If a mureed does not follow his shaykh's teachings punctually and completely, no matter how much he sits in his company, the shaykh will not recognise him.'
In a commentary in Gulshan-e- Abraar, the author narrates a hadith that states that one moment's muraaqaba, or deep contemplation and meditation, is better than performing seventy years of ceaseless ibaadat. Khwaja Noor Muhammad Maharvi (rahmatullahi alaihi) used to be in muraaqaba from fajr to zawaal every day. After lunch, he would return to the masjid for further ibaadaat. As is plainly clear, the sawaab of this daily practice is astronomical, but we must realise that mere rewards do not concern those whose every breath is taken in love and reverence for almighty Allah.
Qibla-e-Alam Khwaja Noor Muhammad Maharvi (rahmatullahi alaihi) had 46 khulafah who were sent to all corners of the Indo-Pak subcontinent and the Middle East. One of these was Khwaja Suleyman Taunsvi, the mighty saint whose wilayah was prophesied even before his birth by Moulana Fakhrudeen Delhawi (rahmatullahi alaihi). Khawaja Shah Suleyman Taunsvi said that Qibla- e-Alam's way of teaching was unique it w! as more like a treatment of patient , varying from patient to patient according the severity of the illness. He further says that Pir-o-Murshid Khawaja Maharvi use to give the lessons of 'Whadat-ul-Wajood' in closed doors, and no one was allowed to come in the room while he taught this subject of great senstivity. Hazrat Taunsvi says that in those days after Mughrib Prayers and late at night the only noise heard in Maharsharif was of Zikar-e-Jahar, nafi asbat. There were hundered and thousands of students present in Dars in Maharsharif.
Some of the teachings of Khwaja Noor Muhammad (rahmatullahi alaihi) are such that we can all learn from:
1. The most important duty is to have steadfast faith in The Holy Prophet (saw), firmness of Imaan, and strict adherence to the shariah.
2. If you please the creation, you will please the Creator.
3. There are many cures to the sicknesses of the heart, but if you are not prepared to take the medicine, you will never be healed.
4. It is essential to realise that you are not sinless. This realisation is one of Allah's great mercies.
Khwaja Noor Muhammad (rahmatullahi alaihi) used to recite the following verses:
The beauties of the garden, the singing of the birds Do not touch my soul at all.
The sorrowful scars of my love for my shaykh Are beauty enough for me to endure.
Qibla-e-Alam Hazrat Khawaja Noor Muhammad Maharvi is considered as the rivavalist of Chishti order in large and Chishti Nizami order especially in present Pakistan area after Hazrat Baba Farid-Uddin Ganj-e-Shakar. Almost all the Kanqha's of later order of Chishtiya Nizamiya Sisla are chained through him, the famous among them are Hajipur Sharif, District Rajanpur Pakistan. Hafiz Jamal Ullah Multan Pakistan. Taunsa Sharif, District D.G.Khan, Kot Mithan and Chahrna Sharif, Bahwalpur Pakistan, Mukhad Sharif District Attock Pakistan, Sial Sharif District Sargodha, Golra Sharif,Islamabad Pakistan, Behra Sharif, District Sargodha Pakistan, Marula Sharif, District Attock Pakistan, Jalalpur Sharif District Jhelum Pakistan, Khanqha-e- Habibia Durban,South Africa and many many others in India, Pakistan and Middle East.
He attained union on the 3rd Zil Hajj, 1791 in Mahar Sharif.In commentary in Gulshan-e-Ibrar Khawaja Imam baksh Maharvi grand son of Qibla-e-Alam writes that once while attending the Jumma prayers at Basti of Baba Taj Sarwar said that he smells the fragrance of love from this place. Thus he was burried in Basti Taj Sarwar which is now known to the world as Chishtian Sharif( City of Chishtis). All the kalifha's ( disciples) present at the time of his attaining union asked to leave any Wasiyat ( WILL) or Nasihat ( Advice) for his Ulad ( children), Qibla-e-Alam said that will for them is that if they kept on respecting the Saadats ( decendants of Prophet of Islam) and kept on keeping the shoes of Dervishes in order they will not be short of anything in their lives till the time ends.
He was heard reciting the following verse continuously:
Think of me as still alive. If you come into my body, I will come into your life.
Ilahi ta ba abad astan-e-yar rahe
Ye asra hai gareebon ka barqarar rahe
This verse is written on main enterance of Astana-e-Qibla Alam Hazrat Khawaja Noor Muhammd Maharvi in Chishtian Sharif, District Bahwalnagar Pakistan.